easy-on prevents ivy attachment on buildings
The journal of living architecture controlled ivy attachment to wall surfaces by applying paints, metal meshes, and sheets. In the experiment, 2-year-old plants were used as source material. easy-on, another anti-graffiti product, copper, and zinc were all tested out to see how they would prevent the attachment of the ivy to the walls and if it would harm the ivy as well. Indoor and outdoor experiments were conducted using the ivy and all of the materials to see which it would perform differently on.
Ivy damages buildings when attached for a long time. Ivy is a growing concern because when left alone for ages it can damage the structure that it is clinging to. It is also very difficult to remove and can usually only be removed with wire brushes or pressure washers. Dead foliage and stems are easy to remove once they have died but aerial roots are persistent and can only be removed with a hard brush or paint scraper.
The botanical name for the common ivy or English ivy is Hendera Helix.
When undertaking any work with ivy check that there are no birds nesting, as it is an offense under the wildlife and countryside act 1981 to damage or destroy the nest of any bird while it is in use or being built. The bird season is usually considered to run March to August. It may last longer for certain species or multiple broods so always check if in doubt.
Metal sheets – Copper and zinc sheets, as well as dense copper mesh, completely prevented ivy attachment, while otherwise not compromising healthy plant growth.
Paints – 2 coats of easy on was just as effective in preventing the attachment of the ivy. The other anti-graffiti coating didn’t work as well because it didn’t completely prevent the attachment of the ivy.
Overall easy-on can be used to stop graffiti from staining a wall and it can also be used to help prevent ivy from clinging to a wall while still growing fully without any problems.